Coffee shop with novel nod to music history

Its the famed Sheffield city centre sex shop near to where Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker fell from a window.

Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 3:24 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 9:12 pm
Mangobean

But now the Private Shop in Division Street - formerly known as Sven’s Books - has been converted into a branch of Mangobean, a UK-wide cafe chain.

The shop had previously been an institution in the city for a number of decades with generations of students and shoppers stifling sniggers when passing its blacked out windows.

It is also nearby to where Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker suffered serious injuries in 1985 after falling from a window - with a ‘blue plaque’ in an adjoining shop window commemorating the event.

Bribery cards instead of loyalty cards, waffles and coffee cocktails were on the menu when the self styled ‘coffee wonderland’ opened its doors earlier this month.

Rhys Davies, franchise partner, said: “My aspirations for the future are to expand beyond this store and open in more locations in the Sheffield area.

“We will, of course, initially focus on achieving the quality of service the customers of Sheffield deserve in this store. “When we feel comfortable we are achieving that goal, the next step would be to expand and service our loyal customer base in multiple locations.”

While Sheffield has more than its fair share of coffee shops, including plenty of independents, Mangobean claims to offer something different away from the ‘homogeneous’ coffee chains.

“We don’t preach to people about the complexity of the bean”, said Shane Saunders, creator of the company.

“If you want sugar with your coffee, you can have sugar with your coffee!

“We offer all NHS staff a 10 per cent discount on everything.

“If you’re a traffic warden, you pay full price for everything!”

One can only wonder whether Jarvis would approve...